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Caring for Foster Children
Foster Care
Catherine Norwood, LMHC

Caring for Foster Children during COVID-19

We have an opportunity during this strange time to paint a new picture of what coping with stress looks like for children in foster care who are often the victims of trauma, abuse, and neglect.

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Parental Substance Abuse
Children and Mental Health
Megan Conrad LMHC, NCC

Substance Abuse Affects the Entire Family

Mental health and substance abuse struggles are common everywhere. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are or where you live. We often hear from the media about consequences of these struggles and what children can expect in their futures. But, what we don’t hear enough of is the recovery and resiliency of children.

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Maternal Mental Health
Maternal Mental Health
Stephanie Eslick LMFT, RPT

Attention New Moms: Your Mental Health Matters Too

If you have a bad cough or high fever you call your doctor and schedule an appointment. Right? Most likely, you would do so without thinking twice. So, why should you suffer in silence if you are an new or expecting mom and struggling with your mental health? You don’t have to suffer or feel guilty or ashamed.

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pausing life for COVID-19
Megan Conrad, LMHC, NCC

Don’t Put Your Life on Pause for COVID-19

What I’ve come to realize is that we cannot pause life in good times or bad times. I have heard phrases like “wait it out,” “stay home until this date,” and “we’ll get back to our lives soon”. This creates an unhealthy expectation that we can resume life as normal once COVID-19 ends.

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Surviving Quarantine with your Partner
Kevin Smith, MS, LMFT

Surviving Quarantine with Significant Other

Today, you and many others, are likely telecommuting to work and seeing you family more in one week than perhaps you had in the previous year. If you are in a committed romantic relationship, then this time of self-quarantining has some important considerations.

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Healthcare Worker
Rachel Van Wickel, TLMFT

Helpers Need Help Too

As a healthcare worker you are familiar with high stress environments, anxiety provoking situations, and job performance pressure. But, you are still human and the current crisis is unlike anything we have ever faced before in our generation.

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Mental Health Coaching
Covenant Family Solutions

Free Mental Health Coaching to those Struggling During Pandemic

“It is perfectly normal for people to feel isolated and anxious in the current crisis,” states CFS CEO Dr. Jacob Christenson. “Covenant Family Solutions is grateful to be able to aid in the community response to help people navigate the mental health struggles they are facing during these uncertain times.”

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Coping with Uncertainty
Lindsey Piper, LMSW

Coping with the Uncertainty of COVID-19

It is important to keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Whether you feel anxious or numb, your emotions and reactions are completely valid. Even those who have never struggled with a clinical mental health issue may experience symptoms of acute stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Relax, Sit Back, and Enjoy Life
Catherine Norwood, LMHC

Relax, Sit Back, and Enjoy Life

I can’t explain how many clients have sat in my office as we’ve asked ourselves what kind of world we are currently living in. Fear, anxiety, worry, and confusion tend to be the first emotional responses seen and felt by those I meet with every day.

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Parents Living in a COVID-19 World
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT

Parents Living in a COVID-19 World

Caregiving is one of the most challenging roles even under regular circumstances. You do not need to be everything to everyone, and there will be times you feel overwhelmed. Try to take a step back and focus on the big picture. You are doing your best and your best may be different day to day, or even minute by minute.

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Helping teens cope with COVID-19
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT

Helping Teens Cope with COVID-19

A huge developmental part of being a teen or moving into adulthood is focus on social engagement and fostering sense of independence or autonomy. Try to view things from your teen’s perspective. Virtually overnight, they have gone from having the most freedom they have ever experienced to the least amount. This is hard!

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Helping Kids Cope with COVID-19
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT

Helping Young Kids Cope with COVID-19

Check in with your children and ask them how they are doing. Children often show us through behaviors, rather than words, when they are struggling. While this can range from isolating behaviors to acting out, children may just be feeling more anxious. Try to find a quiet time to connect one-on-one and ask how your child is doing and what they might need.

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Teletherapy and Telehealth
Lauren Clayton-Wood, TLMFT

Is Telehealth right for me?

Telehealth is extremely convenient and may help patients to feel private and more comfortable in sessions. Hooray, no more awkward feelings about bumping into your neighbor in the waiting room! Telehealth also allows patients in rural and underserved areas to see a provider without an hour or more drive.

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Recharge throughout the day
Stress Relief
Elizabeth Finley, LMFT

Recharge throughout the day

Daily life can be a struggle, especially when our brain does not get a break. Day-to-day life is frequently filled with never ending lists (which may or may not get written down and crossed off), as well as perfectly timing and prioritizing those lists, and all those other little essential and non-essential things we think about on a daily basis.

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